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Our Children are Violent Is the Media Really to Blame Why are children our so violent What has changed so much over the years to make todays children so angry so aggressive Many people attribute the increase in violent youth to the increase of violence in the media If people are fed a daily diet of murder crime and violence many come to believe that sort of thing is normal Foegen There is a common belief that television films video games and even the nightly news are to blame for making children believe that violence is not only acceptable but a necessary way of solving conflict Is the media to blame for this rise in violent behavior It is possible that the media is being used as a scapegoat for the failing family unit which may be a more truthful cause of this behavior There is no mistaking that television has become a household staple much like bread or milk The television once a source of family entertainment has become a babysitter and even a parental figure in some homes The average seventh grader watches about four hours of television per day and 60 percent of those shows contain some violence Violence and the Media 267 This means that when a child comes home from school he or she may spend most of the remaining day watching violent acts It has also been noted that on average a child receives more one-on-one communication from television than from both teachers and parents combined Grossman With all of this television watching it should not be surprising that by the time an American child turns 18 he or she will have watched 200000 violent acts and 16000 simulated murders on television Violence and the Media 267 While it is safe to say that witnessing all of these violent acts has the ability to desensit ize viewers it does not mean that
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